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A swath of films, books and other media projects with far-left messages failed with audiences and consumers this year, according to box office numbers and sales.
Disney's first animated film with an openly LGBT character "Strange World," tanked at the box office last month. The film had a whopping $180 million budget but only took in $24 million when it opened during the Thanksgiving holiday week, according to Variety. Pixar's latest installment in the popular Toy Story franchise, "Lightyear," failed to meet expectations, earning $51 million at the box office. The family-friendly series owned by Disney attracted headlines for having a same-sex kiss.
"Lightyear" debuted to $51 million last summer, falling short of the $70 million minimum it was expected to earn. (AP Newsroom)
Another film focused on LGBT characters, "Bros," didn't move the needle at the box office, either. Star Billy Eichner furiously warned "homophobes" on Twitter to not come see the movie. It grossed $14.8 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. The New York Times suggested "homophobia" could be the reason the gay romantic comedy was unsuccessful.
Movies with overtly political themes like the star-studded "Amsterdam" also failed to attract audiences this year. The film about friends who uncover a plot to overthrow the government, featured Robert De Niro's character giving a "thinly veiled speech telling off Trump."
Arizona Republican Abraham Hamadeh announced today that his legal team is filing a Motion for Stay to delay the inauguration for the AZ Office of Attorney General next week until all matters regarding potential discrepancies in the recount and litigation are resolved. He also requested that the current Arizona attorney general, Mark Brnovich “remain in office until all issues are resolved.”
A homeless Oregon woman has been arrested and charged for pushing a three-year-old girl onto a train track in a shocking moment captured on video in a city where the homelessness crisis continues to spiral out of control.
Brianna Lace Workman, 32, allegedly shoved the little girl onto the Gateway Transit Center MAX platform in Portland on Thursday. It's the latest shocking incident as crime surges in the Democratic stronghold.
The little girl, wearing a pink coat, was waiting in line with her mother as surveillance footage captured someone in a red hat, allegedly Workman, pushing her face-first onto the metal rail.
Just 12 days after receiving the shot, she started suffering from a headache. Her family brought her to the emergency room, where doctors found out she had a brain hemorrhage.
She's one of the reasons why the United States has chosen to put a pause on the Johnson & Johnson [vaccine distribution](https://cafemom.com/news/child-accidentally-vaccinated-coronavirus). While these results aren't typical whatsoever, authorities wanted to be safe rather than sorry.
More than 45,000 migrants crossed the Channel to the UK from mainland Europe in 2022, surpassing the previous year's record by more than 17,000, according to government figures released Sunday.
The issue has become a huge political problem for the Conservative government, which has promised to bring down illegal immigration and break the smuggling gangs that carry out the crossings.
In total, 45,756 people made the dangerous small-boat crossing of one of the world's busiest shipping lanes last year, compared with 28,526 in 2021.
Four people died last month when a small boat packed with migrants capsized in freezing temperatures in the Channel.
A fishing boat in the area plucked 43 people from the frigid waters.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) officials recently discussed how to deal with the next approaching market collapse and hide alarming data from depositors to prevent bank runs, video of a meeting shows.
The FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee (SRAC) held a meeting in November to discuss how the next market crash would occur and what steps would need to be taken to ensure not everybody tries pulling their money out of the financial system at the same time.
“You’ve got to think of the unintended consequences of taking a public that has more full faith and confidence in the banking system than maybe the people in this room do,” one FDIC member noted.
Jeffrey Epstein was convicted of sex trafficking charges before committing suicide [we are told] while incarcerated.
Since then, his alleged partner in crime has also stood trial. Now, the rabbit hole into the sex trafficking operation is getting deeper. The U.S. Virgin Islands accuse a bank of being a key player in the operation.
The Daily Wire says, “The disgraced hedge fund manager owned Little St. James, a part of the island system considered a territory of the United States, where he may have hosted several high-profile lawmakers and business leaders. JPMorgan allegedly concealed transactions that raised suspicion of the sex trafficking enterprise, according to the lawsuit, which was obtained by The New York Times and Bloomberg.”
The lawsuit points out that JPMorgan Chase would usually have seen and investigated the transactions that paid people in the sex trafficking ring. However, the bank hid the transactions instead of investigating and reporting them.
Webmaster addition: More and more it looks like Epstein's island full of underage honey-traps was part of an intelligence operation.
A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Washington State middle school teacher was exercising his right of free speech while wearing his MAGA hat at school training sessions.
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 30, 2022
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said there was no evidence that teacher, Eric Dodge, had caused any disruption by wearing his MAGA hat to teacher-only trainings at his Vancouver, Washington, school.
Dodge said the principal, Caroline Garrett, called him a racist and homophobe and he would need a union rep if he wore the hat again.
Garrett reportedly told Dodge that other faculty members were offended by the hat.
Dodge sued Garrett and the school district, claiming retaliation against his free-speech rights.
19-year-old Trevor Bickford, from Wells, Maine, is the kid who injured three NYPD officers with a machete in an unprovoked attack in Times Square. He was on the FBI' watchlist' after being radicalized.
UK's Daily Mail wrote, "the FBI in Boston do have an open case on him," and "he is on a 'guardian list' because of his radicalization."
Sources told NYPost that Bickford traveled via Amtrak train to NYC with "camping gear, a diary and a last will and testament" before he pulled off the machete attack.
"Published reports reveal that Bickford appeared to be a typical American teenager before he allegedly became radicalized in the years after sources said his father died of an overdose in 2018," NYPost continued.
“Zero non-COVID” is the name that people in China are calling the regime’s new pandemic management policy. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has aggressively pushed the whole country towards an all-COVID-positive state.
China’s annual rubber-stamp legislature is usually in session during the month of March. It is widely expected that the coming session will focus on saving China’s economy because it is on the edge of collapse after the three-year long zero-COVID policy.
Party leader Xi Jinping is clearly willing to pay any price to reopen the country.
Government employees of Chongqing City in Sichuan Province and Zhejiang Province received notices telling them return to their offices to work even if they have tested positive for COVID-19, as long as their symptoms are mild.
The total population of Chongqing City is more than 31 million, and Zhejiang province more than 57 million.
Rumors on the Chinese internet talked about local governments of Chongqing City and Zhejiang Province being criticized by Beijing because these regions were too slow to reach a high percentage of COVID positive patients.
A local official in Shanghai told The Epoch Times on Dec. 27 that his office had received instructions to do whatever it could to push the city into the COVID peak status.
Anthony Fauci is finally gone from his government perch. Let us recall that it was he who set this calamity in motion, squandering his credibility, while taking down public health and much else with it. More than anyone, he bears responsibility, even if he was acting on others’ behalf. That is especially true if he was carrying out a hidden agenda (take your pick of theories).
There was already growing political and societal panic on March 11, 2020, when the House Oversight and Reform Committee convened a hearing on the new virus circulating. Fauci was the key witness. The only question on everyone’s mind came down to the most primal fear: am I going to die from this thing, like in the movies?
This was one day before Trump’s announcement of the travel ban from Europe, the UK, and Australia, essentially sealing the borders of the US to an extent never before attempted, thus separating families and loved ones and trapping billions of people in their nation states. It was five days before the evil declaration by all health authorities to immediately shut down all places where people could congregate.
These few days will remain a case study in irrationality and crowd madness. Fauci, on the day of his testimony, however, seemed like a paragon of stability. He was calm and clear, nearly bloodness in his tone. The substance of what he said, at the same time, was clearly designed to generate panic and create the conditions for a full lockdown.
Life and work in the 21st century is increasingly reliant on modern technology, with a country’s digital quality of life playing a massive role on people’s day-to-day.
Some countries excel in internet access and affordability, while others have more modern digital systems and relevant laws. And, as Visual Capitalist's Omri Wallach details below, many regions of the world suffer with lacking digital infrastructure and access across the board.
The 2022 Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) from Surfshark analyzes countries on digital wellbeing, based on data from the UN, World Bank, Freedom House, and the International Communications Union.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was sworn in as Brazil's next president Sunday, and was greeted to cheers by hundreds of thousands of celebrating supporters packing the streets of the capital of Brasilia, after he defeated far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in what was the tightest presidential race in over three decades.
"Our message to Brazil is one of hope and reconstruction," Lula said in an inaugural speech to Congress’ Lower House as his first act as president. "The great edifice of rights, sovereignty and development that this nation built has been systematically demolished in recent years. And to re-erect this edifice, we are going to direct all our efforts."
After the Biden administration's
chaotic withdrawal from transfer of power to the Taliban in Afghanistan, abandoned US military equipment which contain biometric data have been popping up on Ebay.
Over the past year, German security researcher Matthias Marx and a small group of researchers at Chaos Computer Lab, a European hacker association, have bought six SEEK II (Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit) on the popular auction website, according to the NY Times.
The device, built as part of the Pentagon's vast biometric collection expansion following the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks, has a tiny screen, a little keyboard, and a mouse pad. It also contains a thumbprint reader under a hinged plastic lid, an iris scanner, and a camera. They contained biometric data at detainment facilities, on patrols, during screenings of local hires, and after the explosion of an IED. Officials at the time were concerned over a rash of shooting in which Afghan police and soldiers fired on American troops, and were hoping that biometric data could help identify any possible Taliban agents within their bases.
The shoebox-shaped device, designed to capture fingerprints and perform iris scans, was listed on eBay for $149.95. A German security researcher, Matthias Marx, successfully offered $68, and when it arrived at his home in Hamburg in August, the rugged, hand-held machine contained more than what was promised in the listing.
The device’s memory card held the names, nationalities, photographs, fingerprints and iris scans of 2,632 people.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg claimed in an interview published Friday that the quickest path to peace in Ukraine is through NATO countries sending more weapons to Kyiv.
“It may sound like a paradox, but military support for Ukraine is the fastest way to peace,” Stoltenberg told the German news agency DPA. “We know that most wars end at the negotiating table – probably this war too – but we know that what Ukraine can achieve in these negotiations depends inextricably on the military situation.”
Stoltenberg’s comments come as there is no indication that Ukraine and Russia will come to the negotiating table. Kyiv maintains that its goal is to push Russia out of all the territory it has captured, including Crimea, while Moscow vows it’s not leaving the areas it has annexed.
Ukrainian officials are also demanding that Russia face war crimes tribunals before talks can even begin. While Stoltenberg said arming Ukraine is the fastest way toward peace, the support from the West has emboldened Ukraine to make such demands, and its hardline positions are unlikely to change as long as the aid keeps flowing.